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Guest Post: Reflections on ‘Elternzeit Kultur’

August 16, 2016

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Museum Diary is back from its summer break! And ready to jump right back in to things. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may remember my post about the ‘babies in museums’ initiative I worked together on with the Stadtmuseum Berlin. I followed up my post with a review of my visit with my own baby to one of the special free admission day for parents. With the exhibition and our pilot project now coming to an end, and the last ‘Elternzeit […]

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Kids in Museums Book Club: Speeding Down the Spiral

July 28, 2016

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Before Museum Diary heads off in to a little summer break, I wanted to give you the latest edition of our ‘Kids in Museums Book Club‘. So far, we’ve had books featuring both imaginary museums, as well as real life museums from Paris and London. This month, we travel to another real life museum in our reading: to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. We’re heading to New York for our Autumn holidays later this year, so I thought it would be fun […]

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{Scotland} Dundee Science Centre

July 8, 2016

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100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.84 During our recent little holiday in Scotland, we visited the Dundee Science Centre, a hands-on experience aimed at families. There was a special CSI exhibit that had just opened for the Scottish summer holidays, and runs until the end of August, so we jumped right in with the dig pit. Forget about dino digs, we were digging up (replica) human bones! After the kids had dug them up, cleaned with with brushes, and collected them in a bucket, they could […]

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Kids in Museums Book Club: Maisy Goes to the Museum

June 16, 2016

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This month, I’ve got #MuseumBaby helping me out with the book club instead of #MuseumBoy, as our June recommendation is one for the very little ones. The Maisy ‘first experiences’ series, by Lucy Cousins, sees Maisy the mouse and her friends – which include a crocodile, a squirrel, a chicken and an elephant – have lots of little adventures that young children can relate to. They go to the library, to nursery, or camping, they deal with bed time or wobbly teeth. And they go […]

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{Germany} Crafty fun at the Bauhaus_lab

June 13, 2016

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100 Museums Challenge: Museums No.72 For months now, I’ve been featuring the Saturday drop-in ‘Bauhaus_lab‘ craft workshops at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archiv in my listings of museum highlights for kids and families, and last Saturday I finally managed to take my own kid along! The workshops take place on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm, in the Bauhaus Pavilion, which is separate from the actual museum itself though on the same site. It’s free to take part, and you don’t need to book in advance or turn […]

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{Germany} Babies in Museums at the Ephraim Palais

June 6, 2016

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100 Museums Challenge: Museum No.70 You may recall, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the pilot project Elternzeit Kultur at the Ephraim Palais, which the Stadtmuseum Berlin and I had initiated together. With the aim to break down some barriers between parents and carers of young children and the museum, to give them a chance to get to know the museum, and to feel explicitly welcome, visitors with babies up to age 18 months are invited to visit the current special exhibition ‘Stadt […]

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